Expired FMLA Forms Approved for Continued Use by the OMB

The Department of Labor's model Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms expired on Dec. 31, 2011, due to provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, so they were resubmitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for continued use. The OMB has now granted their continued use through Feb. 28, 2015. No changes have […]

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DOL Issues Guide to Green Jobs for Women

The Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor (DOL) has published a downloadable document to help women seeking entry into the nontraditional and innovative career paths of the 21st century entitled Why Your Color Is Green: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career. “Many occupations in the clean energy economy remain virtually untapped by women," […]

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DOL Clarifies Issues Regarding Automatic Enrollment in Health Plans

Commencing in January 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 requires that large employers automatically enroll all full-time employees in a health insurance plan while offering individual opt-out provisions. PPACA also requires the Secretary of Labor to issue final regulations on implementing this provision, and just this past week the Department […]

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OSHA Imposes Enterprise-Wide Solution for Only the Second Time

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has imposed only the second-ever enterprise-wide penalty and safety remedy mandate on DeMoulas Super Markets, a grocery chain of 60 stores also known as Market Basket. OSHA penalties and corrective mandates generally are applied just to single locations. OSHA inspectors, however, found “fall hazards from unguarded, open-sided work […]

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OFCCP Extends Commentary Period for Proposed Rule on Hiring Disabled Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a 14-day extension of the comment period for its proposed rule to revise regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which obligates most federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure equal employment opportunity for qualified workers with disabilities. On […]

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DOL to Revisit Its Plan to Redefine Parental Exemption for Family Farms

Since 1966, family farms enjoyed a broad "parental exemption" so their children could work in the fields, but this past Sept. 2 the Department of Labor (DOL), seeking to redefine that parental exemption, drew a firestorm of criticism from owners of family farms and agricultural associations when its new definition was viewed as too restrictive. […]

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Combustible Dust Standard from OSHA Not on Fast Track

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has moved the development of regulations to control combustible dust hazards to its long-term agenda despite pleas from the Chemical Safety Board to fast track the rules, according to a report from the Associated Press. Combustible dust can be generated from most substances—plastics, metals, chemicals and foods—especially when […]

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EBSA Delays Plan Disclosure Requirement by Three Months

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has issued a final rule that will provide employers sponsoring pension and 401(k) plans with information about the administrative and investment costs associated with providing such plans to their workers. The department also announced a 3-month extension in the effective date of this rule, meaning […]

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DOL Proposal Expands Eligibility of FMLA Leave for Military, Airline Flight Crews

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed new rules regarding the eligibility of military family members and airline flight crews under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The proposed language would extend the entitlement of military caregiver leave to family members of veterans for up to five years after leaving the military. At […]

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Approval Delayed

The 90-day review period for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) passed yesterday (Jan. 23, 2012) with no approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which must review all regulations for economic impact and other issues. The OMB Web site, however, indicates that its review will be […]

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